Early Television Museum
Dave Johnson, one of the premier early television collectors in the
country, died recently in Chicago. When I began collecting in the late
90s, Dave was the first collector I met. He went out of his way to help
me with my first project, a RCA TRK-12, even selling me a good 12AP4,
something I'm sure he could have used for his own collection. Over the
years Dave was always willing to offer advice, opinions, and information
from his vast knowledge of early television. His presentations at the
Early Television Conventions were always interesting and informative.
I'll miss Dave - as I'm sure the entire collecting community will.
Here is a something from Dave Bart:
It is with
deep sadness that I report on the passing of David Johnson
this weekend. Dave was a former President and current Board
Member of the Antique Radio Club of Illinois who had battled
Lymphoma over the past few years. Dave was a regular at all
ARCI events. He loved the hobby and was widely respected for
his radio and television collection and his research into
early television history. He was scheduled to be one of our
speakers at Radiofest 2007.
Dave won the Antique Wireless Association's Taylor Award for
the Preservation of Television History and he made many
presentations to the AWA and the Early Television
Foundation. The full text of his obituary from the Chicago
Tribune is shown below. Please join ARCI and me in offering
your condolences to David's wife Mary and their family.
Please forward this notice to all who may be interested in
the passing of this valued member of our collecting
And the obituary in the May 28 issue of the Chicago Tribune:
David B. Johnson, age 62, resident of Downers Grove,
IL for five years, beloved husband of Mary, nee Jaterka;
loving father of Karl Johnson, Lisa (Timothy) Koopman and
Scott (Karla) Oswald; cherished grandfather of Scott, Colin,
Tyler and Carissa; dear son of the late Edward and Olga
Johnson; loving brother of Keith (Joyce) Johnson and Vernon
(Dorothy) Johnson; fond uncle of several nieces and nephews.
Member of the Antique Radio Club, NSCA and Midwest Nostalgia
Superstock Racing Society. Visitation will be Wednesday, May
30, 2007 from 2 to 9 p.m. Service Wednesday pending at Toon
Funeral Home, 4920 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL. In lieu
of flowers, memorials to Lymphoma Society. Info 630-968-0408